National Accreditation

The Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (ACEJMC) is the agency responsible for the evaluation of professional journalism and mass communications programs in colleges and universities. Accreditation is a system of voluntary self-assessment and external review of educational institutions and of professional programs offered by those institutions. Accreditation provides an assurance of quality to students, parents, and the public. In the accrediting process, the performance of educational units is measured against the following standards.

Standard 1. Mission, Governance and Administration
Standard 2. Curriculum and Instruction
Standard 3. Diversity and Inclusiveness
Standard 4. Full-Time and Part-Time Faculty
Standard 5. Scholarship: Research, Creative and Professional Activity
Standard 6. Student Services
Standard 7. Resources, Facilities and Equipment
Standard 8. Professional and Public Service
Standard 9. Assessment of Learning Outcomes
For more information about accreditation standards, please view the ACEJMC page.

School Year 2015-2016

The Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (ACEJMC) reviewed the department January 19-22, 2016. A team of three communication and journalism experts visited the campus for two days to personally review and evaluate the JOMC’s undergraduate program, based on the following ACEJMC’s nine principles: (1) Mission, governance and administration; (2) Curriculum and instruction; (3) Diversity and inclusiveness; (4) Full-time and Part-time faculty; (5) Scholarship: Research, creative and professional activity; (6) Student services; (7) Resources, facilities and equipment; (8) Professional and public service; and (9) Assessment of learning outcomes.

In preparation for the visit, the JOMC faculty and staff members collaboratively drafted a comprehensive 465-page self-study report, based on the above criteria, which was sent to ACEJMC and each member of the evaluation team, according to Dr. Yahya R. Kamalipour, Professor and Chair of the Department. A copy of the report is available here.

In its final report, the ACEJMC found the Department to be fully in compliance with seven of the nine standards, except Standard #4 (Faculty), due to under-staffed faculty, and Standard #9 (Assessment), due to insufficient assessment data. The Department is currently in the process of hiring three faculty and one staff, for the 2016-17 academic year, to replace former colleagues who were retired, relocated, or terminated. Also, in preparation for achieving full-reaccreditation, the Department is streamlining and refining its assessment methods and will be in compliance with all standards prior to the next accreditation site visit in spring 2018.

"Accreditation is a seal of quality approval. We plan to work hard on enhancing our department, retaining accreditation, and becoming one of the best undergraduate degree programs in the nation over the next decade,” said Kamalipour.

To review the final self study report, please go here for complete details.

School Year 2012-2013

The Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (ACEJMC) voted in May 2012 to remove the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication from provisional reaccreditation  and receive full reaccreditation.  The Council concurred with the recommendations for reaccreditation made by the Accrediting Committee and the revisit report. The next visit for the undergraduate program in the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication will be during the 2015-2016 academic year.

School Year 2011-2012

Faculty in the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication are making changes in the department after the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (ACEJMC) extended its accreditation with provisions.

The Council awarded the department provisional accreditation in May, 2010 after an ACEJMC site team recommended full re-accreditation in February.

The team and Council commended the department with regard to seven standards of performance, found it non-compliant in Mission, Governance and Administration (Standard 1), and recommended changes in Curriculum and Instruction (Standard 3).         
The faculty are planning for the greater incorporation of multimedia in the curriculum, intend to complete and win approval for the change as early as the fall of 2010, and expect to implement the new curriculum immediately after that approval.

The College of Arts and Sciences also has developed policies and procedures that complement those of the department and the University in ensuring the involvement of department faculty in governance.

The department anticipates that these and other changes will lead the Council to accord full accreditation after a new visit that will take place before the end of the spring semester of 2012.